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Reflecting on the 2019 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry

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That’s a wrap! The American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute would like to sincerely thank all of the 579 attendees who presented and participated in the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference this past week at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia.


This year’s keynote speakers – Udit Batra, Lee Cronin, and Dana Kralisch – gave exceptionally interesting and insightful speeches. The numerous networking sessions and fun social events provided attendees the opportunity to establish a multitude of professional connections, share ideas and build lasting friendships with colleagues from around the globe. In fact, this year we had attendees from 31 different countries and six different continents, from China to Ireland to Australia and everywhere in between. This year's conference was one of the most diverse yet with 31% of attendees coming from outside the United States. The various exhibitors, poster session, product showcase and technical sessions gave fascinating updates on the latest technologies, theories and developments across the chemical field while answering questions and taking suggestions from an exceptionally inquisitive audience.

1JG8swVj0Y3.jpegUdit Batra, CEO of MilliporeSigma, gives the opening keynote address.

Photo Credit: Jackie Garcia Photography


ACS GCI would also like to offer a special thank you to our conference co-chairs Joan Brennecke and Philip Jessop for helping to make this year’s conference one of the best ones to date. They helped ensure that the conference maintained its scientific and academic core, while featuring a substantial number of industry/entrepreneurial sessions and other exciting features to keep events fresh and add to what is already an exceptional conference.


With the 2019 conference now in the books, rest assured that ACS GCI has already started planning and preparing for the 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference taking place in beautiful Seattle, Washington from June 16-18, 2020. We are pleased to announce that theme for the 2020 conference will be “Systems-Inspired Design” and will be led by co-chairs Paul Richardson of Pfizer and Meg Sobkowicz Kline of UMass Lowell. The call for symposia for the 2020 conference will go out next month and be due in early October and we encourage you to submit your ideas. Submissions are welcome in all areas of green chemistry and engineering, particularly those that address the 2020 conference theme.

1JG9jbepWSI.jpegAttendees discussing green chemistry at a conference networking breakfast.

Photo Credit: Jackie Garcia Photography

Finally, we hope to see many of you at the ACS National Meeting coming up from August 25-29, 2019 in sunny San Diego. The topic of green chemistry will be featured in many of the events taking place there. We look forward to continuing our discussions with you there!